Source: The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com
LONDON — Do your kids miss Peter Rabbit? Or would they like to know that he grew up into a chubby, big black cat who leads a double life?
No problem. A lost story by famed British children’s author Beatrix Potter — “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” — has been discovered among her memorabilia and will be published this year more than a century after she wrote it.
Jo Hanks, a publisher with Penguin Random House who made the discovery at London’s Victoria & Albert museum in 2013, called the story the biggest Potter discovery in generations and almost certainly the last, the London Times Newspaper reported Tuesday.
“When I was working with Emma Thompson (on “The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit,” published in 2014) I read a book by Leslie Linder about Beatrix Potter, and came across a reference to ‘Kitty-in-Boots,’” she told Britain’s The Bookseller, which covers the publishing industry. “That led me to the V&A, where many of her writings are archived.”
Hanks said she had been “idly thumbing” through the out-of-print literary history when she found a reference to a story about a “well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life,” she was quoted by the Times as saying.
This complete and unabridged collection contains all 23 of Beatrix Potter’s Tales in one deluxe volume with all their original illustrations. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published so they may be read in their proper sequence. A special section at the end of this volume contains four additional works by Beatrix Potter that were not published during her lifetime. Beautifully reissued with a newly designed slipcase and jacket—a truly stunning gift.